Brandon Finnegan (2-4, 3.89 ERA) and Adam Wainwright (5-4, 5.40 ERA) start in the last of a three-game series between the Cincinnati Reds (22-37) and the St. Louis Cardinals (31-28) at the Great American Ball Park. The Cardinals won the last game 12-7, and the series is currently tied 1-1. Action begins at 7:10 p.m. ET on Thursday, Jun. 9 and can be seen on FSMW and FSOH.
Finnegan pitched 6.1 innings in his most recent start, surrendering one run, striking out two and walking three in a 7-2 win over the Nationals. Jay Bruce (.284, 35 Rs, 13 HRs, 41 RBIs, 2 SBs) had another good game yesterday, going 2 for 4 with one RBI. Wainwright went 7.0 innings, surrendering two runs, striking out six and walking one in a 5-1 defeat to the Giants in his last outing. Brandon Moss (.239, 31 Rs, 13 HRs, 29 RBIs) has been successful at the plate for the Cardinals, going 2 for 5 yesterday with two runs, two home runs, and three RBIs.
The Cardinals are a -160 road favorite in this NL Central battle, with a posted total of 9.5.
Pick - Stl
The Reds are struggling at 10-17 in their division, while the Cardinals are 10-13.
When leading after seven innings, St. Louis is 19-14, while Cincinnati is 11-19.
The Cardinals are coming into this meeting after a high-scoring game where they scored an impressive 12 runs. The Reds have a 0-7 record when opponents score that many runs or more.
When they outhit their opponents, the Reds are 17-6. The Cardinals have a 25-4 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 14th, Cincinnati is in the top half of the league in runs, scoring 264 this season. St. Louis ranks in the top five at second with 325.
Ranking 14th, Cincinnati is in the top half of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.728). St. Louis ranks in the top five at second with an OPS of .802.
The Cardinals are 18-21 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Reds are 16-30 when they allow at least one homer.